How to Improve Laptop Performance for Gaming? [12 Fundamental Dos]

How well optimized a laptop is for gaming, more than anything, relies on how stalwart its CPU, GPU, and how immense is the installed RAM in that piece of hardware. The same is true for a tower gaming setup even.

So “how to improve laptop performance for gaming” usually counts on one thing only i.e. whether and how ample of these three on your machine can you dedicate for gaming only? The bigger the amounts of your processors and memory you offer to the gaming only, the finest the experience you get, and vice versa for the other case.

However, it’s not only that you should do. There are a few other optimization tricks as well you can try to increase FPS rates on your laptop and stabilize its gaming performance.

Here’s what.

How to Improve Laptop Performance for Gaming?

With their effectiveness varying from laptop to laptop, there are almost one dozen ways you can make your laptop perform better at gaming and overall. Let’s check out all of them in a nutshell.

#1. Keep the Laptop Clean Inside and Out

Ensuring proper ventilation and giving your laptop enough room to breathe is the key to avoiding CPU, GPU throttles, and getting the most out of your gaming sessions.

For sure, the topmost reason for a laptop’s lackluster gaming performance is the CPU and GPU throttling. And that’s only and ultimately caused by excessive heat build-up on the machine’s inside.

So it’s better to be regularly watching out for detritus (dust, dirt) accumulations on your laptop’s fan(s) blades and all the airways i.e. air vents, speaker grills, etc. Allowing them not to impede the airflow and regularly cleaning your laptop all over and around is the most layman’s technique to maximize your laptop performance for gaming-like demanding purposes.

#2. Make Sure Your Graphics Drivers Are Up-to-Date

A driver, as its name suggests, is sort of an administrator set of files that tells a piece of hardware how to function. As regards gaming, the graphics card being the cornerstone here also requires an up to date driver software to perform at full throttle.

The glum gaming performance of your laptop may very likely be due to its outdated graphics driver(s). And you can definitely outdo all such issues by just updating your GPU driver.

As a general rule, most drivers are automatically updated with frequent cumulative OS updates. However, in the case of some third-party GPU cards that don’t offer auto-updates, you can also manually check out and update them, for safekeeping.

#3. Limit the Bloatware by Disabling the Unnecessary Background Apps and Processes

Most advanced games today need tons of MBs of memory to run smoothly and respond the way you expect from them. And for a laptop that comes with not so huge amount of RAM preinstalled, it might be pretty hard to meet their memory needs.

Nevertheless, checking out the real-time memory usage of your laptop while playing such latest AAA game(s) and limiting all the bloatware/background consumption can help you somehow meet the RAM needs of such games.

For that, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc all three keys at once to open the Windows Task Manager. Therein, seek out all the unnecessary memory-hogging processes, right-click on each one of them, and hit End task to terminate them. If you want to completely uninstall an app/program, you can do that via Control Panel > Programs ad Features.

#4. Updating DirectX May Also Improve Laptop Performance for Gaming

DirectX, a collection of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), is Microsoft’s technology geared towards enhancing multimedia experiences such as graphics and 3D gaming, etc. on Windows systems. Playing the most advanced games that require the newest version of DirectX on an older version also results in lags, stutters, and unstable gameplay.

At present, DirectX 12 Ultimate is the newest and most up-to-date version of this feature available.

To Check Out (And Update, If Available) Your Laptop’s Current DirectX Version

You can easily check out if your laptop still has an older DirectX edition and upgrade to the updated edition.

  1. Press the Windows logo key, type dxdiag in the device’s search bar, and press Enter.
  2. In the upcoming interface, select the System tab in the header and find out your DirectX Version in the System Information box.
  3. If it’s already DirectX 12, then fine. Otherwise, go to your system Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Windows will install all the updates available including the DirectX update as well.

#5. Tweak the Laptop’s Power and Performance Settings to Maximum

To exploit the maximum system resources and shoot for the moon during your gaming sessions, set your laptop to the Best Performance mode.

To Adjust the Power Settings to Max

  1. Right-click on the battery icon on your taskbar and select Power Options from the dropdown.
  2. On the next screen, tap on Create a power plan from the left-side panel.
  3. And finally, switch the settings from Balanced to High performance by checking the box right to the latter one.

To Maximize the Windows Overall Performance Settings

  1. Press the Windows logo key, type advanced system settings in the Windows search box, and hit Enter.
  2. Make sure the Advanced tab is selected in the upcoming System Properties window and click on the Settings button in the Performance periphery therein.
  3. After that, simply check the Adjust for best performance box, click Apply, and then Ok.
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Other Things You Can Try to Improve Laptop Performance for Gaming

In addition to all the five (5) basic approaches discussed above, you can also try a lot of other things to enhance your laptop’s gaming performance. Some of these may be pretty advanced and beyond the comfort zone of an inexperienced tinkerer so be careful with them.

  1. Try overclocking your processors to unlock the maximum potential of your laptop. While you may also do that in your device’s BIOS, I suggest using third-party overclocking apps like MSI Afterburner, EVGA’s Precision, etc. for better, safer, and surer results.
  2. Windows 10/11 users can activate the Windows Game Mode feature via Settings > Gaming as regards how to improve gaming performance on Windows 10 laptops. “Game mode” makes the device focus most of its resources on games only, especially during multitasking sessions, and ultimately enhances your gaming experience.
  3. Try tweaking and lowering down the games’ graphics and other video settings. Also, try cutting down on all the textures, shaders, and other 3D effects for games in your graphics chip menu/settings.
  4. Defrag your disk drives by cleaning them up and increasing the read and write speeds of SSD/HDD. Type defragment in your device’s main search bar, and tap Optimize for the central disk (where OS is installed) in the next window to get the job done. It can significantly improve your system’s overall performance including gaming on the top.
  5. Stopping Windows services like SuperFetch (SysMain in Windows 10), PreFetch, and some other privacy and background services from main settings can also do the trick for you in some cases.
  6. For online games, the topmost reason for poor and lackluster gameplay can be unstable internet speeds. So to them, I’d suggest you check out your broadband speeds and try updating the laptop’s Wi-Fi card drivers as well.
  7. And if nothing works for you, upgrade the hardware if possible (i.e. install new RAM stick(s), switch to SSD if there’s HDD already). Or get yourself a new more stalwart gaming laptop.

Bottom Line

And these are all the highly promising twelve ways you can completely redefine the gameplay experience on your laptop.

I know you didn’t know you could do so much in this regard. So try each one of them as if not one, the other could do the trick for you, and if you still have any queries regarding or related to “how to improve laptop performance for gaming”, feel free to ask in the comments below.